Pros: better than average retirement plan (403b), good commute location for the Baltimore/Washington area, convenient on-site cafeterias (overpriced)
Cons: redundant layers of management, no leadership within management, parking is terrible (free)
For scientist, engineers, and management JHU/APL truly is a “Best Place to Work.” However, support staff and other non-professional positions should be leery when considering any offers of employment.
With twenty and even thirty year careers for professional staff commonplace at JHU/APL one question I recommend every job candidate ask during the interview process: “What is the median number of years my peers have worked at JHU/APL?” If the answer is not ten years or more, it is a warning indicator of excessively high employee turnover. The likely culprit is management that characterizes support staff as commodities. Long-term retention is not a goal and therefore providing opportunity for advancement (promotion, recognition, salary, and training) or work life balance is extraneous.